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Mazurek's Law

(tweaking parameters is canceled by feedback)

Mazurek's Law is a colloquial name for a phenomena, in a similar spirit to Murphy's Law. It specifically says that if you attempt to get a qualitative change in the outcome of a Core Collapse Supernova model, tweaking parameters won't yield a qualitative difference because feedback from the interacting processes largely cancels the effect. It is attributed to astrophysicist Ted Mazurek, at Stony Brook in the 1980s. The law has come to be cited for any astrophysical phenomena when such "feedback" modeling-challenges arise.